One of two suspects accused of butchering Tucson man convicted

One of two suspects accused of butchering Tucson man convicted
Isaiah Jordan Franko is facing life in prison when he is sentenced on a murder conviction in November 2020. (Source: Tucson Police Department)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - One of two suspects accused of kidnapping, robbing and butchering a Tucson man two years ago has been convicted on several charges.

On Thursday, Jan. 6, a jury found Isaiah Jordan Franko guilty of first-degree murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, vehicle theft, abandonment/concealment of a body, attempted aggravated robbery and attempted burglary.

Timothy Abriola, 66, was killed during a carjacking in Tucson in April 2018.
Timothy Abriola, 66, was killed during a carjacking in Tucson in April 2018. (Source: Tucson Police Department)

Authorities said Franko and Eric Kendrick Reino carjacked Timothy Abriola, 66, while he was leaving the Auto Zone where he worked in April 2018. According to court records, Reino and Franko used a machete to kill Abriola.

Abriola was reported missing and his body was found in a desert area southeast of San Xavier Mission.

Reino and Franko were allegedly spotted driving Abriola's stolen vehicle and tried to run from authorities during a traffic stop.

Franko will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 23.

Eric Kendrick Reino is set to go to trial in November for the murder of Timothy Abriola.
Eric Kendrick Reino is set to go to trial in November for the murder of Timothy Abriola. (Source: Tucson Police Department)

Reino is facing charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, robbery, vehicle theft, abandonment/concealment of a body, criminal damage, attempted robbery and attempted burglary.

His nine-day trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Nov. 3.

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